1. Forum
  2. >
  3. Topic: German
  4. >
  5. Happy Birthday in Germany


Happy Birthday in Germany

I've been away from Duolingo for a while, and I love the stories they have now. I just read "Folge den Pfeilen." Do they really sing "Happy Birthday" in Germany - in English?! I thought maybe they sang "Sie Leben Hoch." I saw a German comic book and Oma is singing "Sie Leben Hoch" to Tweety Bird.

March 16, 2018



Yes, we sing "Happy Birthday" in English with the exception of the line with the name so instead "dear XY" it's "liebe/r XY". Sometimes we sing "Zum Geburtstag viel Glück" which has the same melody as "Happy Birthday" (and the same repetition of the text).

"Sie leben hoch" doesn't exist, but "Hoch sollst du leben" does, other than that there's also "Wie schön, dass du geboren bist" and "Viel Glück und viel Segen" (and quite a few others, but I think every language has a few birthday songs).

At least today and during my life, I'd say that "Happy Birthday" is the most common.


we do sing happy birthday (it became some kind of fashion) but be have german birthdaysongs as well. like for example:

"hoch soll er/sie leben" or "Viel Glück und viel Segen" and "wie schön, dass du geboren bist" etc.





Singing "Happy Birthday" is definitely something the Germans do! Given that many Germans have difficulty pronouncing the English "th" sound, I find it quite funny to hear the characteristic "s" sound emanate from a crowd of people singing. Something like: "Heppy Bersday too yoo" :D


I was wondering how they managed the "th." : )

Learn German in just 5 minutes a day. For free.